March, 2017 Europe

Union Jack

The path out of from the European Union is marred with parliamentary battles and legal challenges.
Ted R. Bromund

When British prime minister Theresa May triggers Article 50 on Wednesday, the clock starts ticking on Britain’s exit from the European Union. Barring an extension of the exit negotiations—which would require a unanimous vote of all EU members—Britain will be out on March 30, 2019, deal or no deal.

Europe, Politics
Erdogan EU

 FINIAN CUNNINGHAM 
The extraordinary war of words erupting between Turkey and the European Union is pushing already strained relations to breaking point. Ankara has banned all Dutch diplomats from its territory after the Netherlands banished Turkish ministers from holding political rallies, while deploying heavy-handed policing to break up the rallies.

Europe's Turkish Awakening

by Burak Bekdil
The Gatestone Institute

Dutch police contain a riot that broke out in Rotterdam on March 11 when pro-Erdogan crowds violently protested the Dutch government's refusal of entry to Turkish government ministers.
Turkey, officially, is a candidate for full membership in the European Union. It is also negotiating with Brussels a deal that would allow millions of Turks to travel to Europe without visa. 

 Europe's 'Turkish Awakening'

by Burak Bekdil
Europe looks united in not allowing Erdogan to export Turkey's sometimes even violent political polarization into the Old Continent. Erdogan clearly rejected Merkel's mention of "Islamist terror" on grounds that "the expression saddens Muslims because Islam and terror cannot coexist".

Netherlands Turkey


Barcin Yinanc

It goes without saying that every Western diplomatic mission in Turkey must have reviewed security measures around their compounds - not only after intensified threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but also after the failed July 15 coup, which saw a rise in anti–Western feelings here.

TURKEY'S ERDOGAN


BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN 
Over the weekend Holland stunned Turkey by preventing rallies over a proposed referendum, drawing fierce rebuke from Ankara.

Holland is a “Nazi remnant,” according Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was prevented from flying to Rotterdam to give a speech, and Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was deported to Germany.

End of Turkey’s European History

Fabrizio Tassinari
Danish Institute for International Studies

BERLIN—The accusation by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey that Germany perseveres in “Nazi practices,” after a Turkish minister was forbidden from campaigning in Germany, is the latest instance in the perennially tense bilateral relation between Turkey and Europe. 

Sub-Saharan migrants


By ERIC MAURICE

How to manage the "ring of fire" on the EU's southern doorstep and the consequences of unrest and poverty?
The question, top of EU leaders' agenda for an age, was the subject of a conference this week in Valletta organised by the Delors Institute think-tank.

Anger and protest votes

Why the system will still win
Brexit, Trump’s win, Europe’s populist movements: the West is protesting, from the left and the right, against the neoliberal, globalist orthodoxies of the past 40 years.
by Perry Anderson
Le Monde diplomatiqueWhy the system will still win

The term ‘anti-systemic movements’ was commonly used 25 years ago (1) to characterise forces on the left in revolt against capitalism. Today, it has not lost relevance in the West, but its meaning has changed.